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Throwback - Gareth bale's awesome goal against us in CDR final :)

https://www.facebook.com/FootballUpdates7/videos/1068677919819012/


*must watch*
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Rumors are that we're still struggling to renew the shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways and are also in talk with Pepsi for the deal.

Apparently Pepsi are willing to Pay 60M Euros per season as compared to our current deal of 30M Euros , if i recall correctly United have the biggest sponsorship deal with Chevrolet, United gets about 68M Euro per season for their deal.

If this Pepsi deal is correct it will be a huge boost to our current financial issues.
My friend and I are planning a football trip and she wants to stop in Barca for a game. What is a safe place/area to stay? (2 girls) I was thinking Eixample area.

I visted Barca a few years ago with my family and remember Rambla being very dangerous (saw few people get robbed, drugs, etc).
Barcelona isn't "dangerous" like someone will mug you at gunpoint in broad daylight. There are pickpockets everywhere and they have several tricks to rob you. Just make sure you take necessary precautions and you'll be fine. Of course, if you loiter around in the shady areas of barcelona then you'll be asking for it.
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Paul Pogba everyone. Pog-e-ball!
I can't wait to see Suarez nutmeg and smash some in against Arsenal! It'll be like the old days :')
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Busi said that he could leave Barca for Pep. If we win the treble again, that could possibly mean many of the players have nothing else to achieve at this club.

I fear Neymar and Busquets will leave.
He said he is indebted to pep and would like to work with him again,but he added barca is his club and hoping pep wouldn't ask him to leave his dream club.it's a tricky situation,he is someone who we still didn't find a suitable replacement,I hope he will stay with us till the twilight of his career.
he could just be being polite, you're talking about the manager that gave him his current career and status.
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Sure working with Pep is enticing, but playing alongside Messi/Neymar/Suarez/Iniesta at Barca, that is priceless. We need Busi and I hope he retires at Barca , just like Xavi.
Or maybe he wants a new contract? 😖
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Its not really about money for these guys anymore. At Barca they're already paid more than they can get anywhere else. Busi has pretty much achieved everything he could at Barca. Just like Valdes he could probably seek new adventures. When Busi doesn't start for us, we have no structure as a team. Let's hope Busi doesn't leave because we have no been able to find a successor for his position.
"At Barca they're already paid more than they can get anywhere else"

ever heard of china? or oil? or psg? premier league dishes out the highest wages, i'd bet. they should make a lot more being the big man in a smaller team than being among stars at barca.

but i'd agree, at this point it cant all be about money. sometimes you need a new challenge. not everyone will be 1 club players, so perhaps some might choose to move on now. but i still think it's more likely he's just being polite.
Doesn't Barca have the highest avg wage globally? Maybe it's inflated because of Neymar and Messi's wages but last time I checked they paid their players significantly higher than any other major European club.
Barca used to have the highest wage spend in europe. I don't think they're there anymore. That being said every player at barca is extremely highly paid. If busi decides to leave for money, barca will try to match it.

SIF: Usually players leave Barca when the club doesn't want them anymore. Money is almost never the reason why barca players leave unless they're in the final stages of their career, in rotation at the club and want a final bumper payout before retiring.
As sad as it is I could see Busi leaving for a new challenge. He's still relatively young and he's won everything a player could win and that being a starter and a key player for his respective teams.
If he leaves this year, Barca should make City pay 100m pounds and buy Pogba with that money LOL
Espanyol getting destroyed 0-3 by sociedad at home. I hope they get relegated so we don't have to play them again next season.
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Now 0-4 @ 55 mins LOL
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Espanyol lost 0-5. Now they play at valencia next. Neville will get the chance to get a win. If he can't beat espanyol at home he might as well quit.
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How sweet it would be if we got to relegate them on the second last game of the season.
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I just watched City vs Leicester highlights. I know its a moot point to discuss defense in the premier league but city's defense is just atrocious. Mahrez and vardy were going through their defense like it wasn't even there. Last year Chelsea won the league with 32 goals allowed and mourinho had to use "negative" tactics to squeeze out results. Southampton conceded 33. The biggest challenge for pep is going to be able to teach city how to defend because scoring isn't exactly a problem for them.

During Pep's first season, we conceded 35 goals. He brought it down to under 30 the next two seasons. In his final season, we conceded 39 but it was the point where the team started to look like it was running out of steam. Bayern has only conceded 23 and 18 goals in his two seasons there. This season they've conceded only 9. Of course bayern was consistently conceding very few goals under juup as well but pep's big obsession is tight defense. I'm not sure how he's going to get city players to get disciplined without a complete overhaul. Only madrid IMO has been the only team which has been able to get result in europe playing average defense through sheer attacking force. Which is why madrid hasn't been able to win as many trophies. If you see all the past winners in the ucl in the last few years, each winning team has had solid defense whether it is barca, bayern, inter or even Chelsea. People think it'll be easy for pep but city's owners are looking for European glory. The way city plays right now, they're a long way away from competing with the best in europe.
City - Kompany = defense all over the place.
City + Kompany = best defense in England.

That's basically the jist of it. I don't even think Kompany is such a great defender; he's just a great leader that City can't miss.
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honestly, that'd be down to pelligrini, who prioritizes attack. it's one of the main reasons city are so poor in away games, they want to play an open game because they think they can outscore any opponent.

as you can see, with a posession style you will concede less, but i cant image city conceding less than 30-35 in a season. not in this league, and certainly not with their players.
"Good Defense" is a general term but its very Subjective because you have to take into account the playing style of the team. Generally i view a good defense if they are capable of performing their duties in such a way that the team is successful in the long run.

Whether a team plays possession based, or counter attacking or pressurized. Theoretically any style should work to win games and in theory trophies as well. If we look at Chelsea and Barca for example when they each won the UCL we saw completely different style of football with the same result. regardless of you thinking which is the more attractive football. Would you say Chelsea's defense is better than Barca's? Even when Madrid won the UCL they arguably had a good defese as well because they did their job in such a way that they won the most coveted trophy in Europe.

IMO Madrid's problems is the mentality of the players, affected by the president, changing coach, un-managed egos etc etc.

As per Pep i honestly see him dominating the BPL even if he might have a tougher time than at bayern. but Teams in the EPL have yet to have answer to our Possession style football the closest one I would say is Chelsea "park the bus" strategy which almost got us out in 09. but Not Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City have dealt with our style of football. if anything it might take time to implement pep's style but hes a perfectionist he will do what he was brought there to do.
City's defensive record in the league has been all over the place. They won the league in 2012 by conceding 29 goals. During other seasons where they kept their GA number low, they failed to score enough goals. United is the only team in recent years that has conceded 40 goals and still won the league handily. Chelsea in Mourinho's first year conceded only 27 but scored around 60. It seems like most teams have to make a trade off between attacking play and defense. Most epl teams can't seem to be able to maintain both ends well.

Typically the trend in premier league is that if you concede around 30-35 goals, half the work is done. You have to supplement that defensive record with around 80+ goals. Under pep, I'd think city can score 80 goals. The key will be to keep that defense at around 30. I think city's big problem is the DM area. There are rumors that pep wants to make a move for Busquets. If he indeed takes him to etihad, he will break barca's backbone and at the same time find a transition specialist from defense to attack for his new club.

Several years ago, gullit said that playing football is like driving a car and in the premier league you're always in overdrive. That is not pep's style. He will want to slow the game down. It'll be interesting to see how he manages to do it.
Andres: I don't want to use the word "lucky" but it's hard to describe Chelsea's ucl win. Yes, they did enough to win and that's all that matters in the end but all sports is accompanied by uncertainty. Chelsea were getting destroyed by both barca and bayern but still got out alive. Its an anomaly as far as predictable results are concerned.
it's down to the manager. mancini played negative football for the most part until they won that first trophy (FA cup) and then bought aguero. there were chants of boring, boring city.

pelligrini was hired in part because city administrators want attractive football, and a brand name at the head of the club (pelligrini was fresh from his stint at real madrid)

the league is changing all the time. the mid to bottom clubs are much much stronger now than 5 years ago, where united would be expected to paste teams 4,5-0 that were in the relegation zone. villa can still take a beating, but in genereal the relegation fodder score more goals and and try to attack you even when away from home. unheard of a few years ago. not sure pep will be able to replicated 30 goals a season conceded here.
I'm of the firm belief that there always exist a level of luck involved in any sport. It's a part of the game and sometimes luck can be the deciding factor between a victory and loss
@Franky, their are times were our team plays really well and looks deserving of the title but when we lose, we just look like absolutely s**t. I wish I could say we looked good at times during this season but we didn't, we have been so inconsistent and we lack an outfield leader on the pitch. This is the problem of having guys that speak different languages. Yaya is not a leader type of player, Hart can only do so much from the 18 yard box for instructions but nobody tends to lead the team better than Kompany. It pisses me off that out of any of the senior players ( most over 25 years of age) we have no one, who wants to lead the team.

Another key area is pressure. MP likes to make sure our first team players are happy. Instead of inserting youth players that have shown the ability, so they can put pressure on the first team players, he'll just stick to same group of players and try to work out a different formation but its not going to work. Our guys our so bad, they looked like their were playing through motions. The only players that put on consistent good preformances are Hart and Aguero, the rest of have on and off.

I'm glad Pep will join us soon. We need someone who can give our team a dressing down when they need it and who isn't afraid to drop players if he needs to. Pep likes to get the hard work out of our players, well its about time we had a manager who can strengthen our teams defensive game.
Both defenses and offenses are about the same stats wise. Honestly the biggest difference between City and Leicester was how hungry players were to get to the ball first. Leicester just kept pouncing away and getting to nearly every ball first, it was insane to see the great desire. City played a more calm game even down to the stretch and it cost them. it almost seemed like City were arrogant pretending that they didn't have to try as hard to get results. Really cost them in the end.
Moe66: You're right. City is inconsistent. My point was that even when they're dominating opponents its the attack which carries them through. Defense isn't something your club hierarchy cares about. Pep on the other hand loves defense. Apart from mourinho and maybe pulis, koeman lead teams most teams in the epl don't know how to press defensively. That's one area that city needs to work on. Pellegrini isn't really a defensive coach.

That brings me to my next point. Pep's defenders are required to be very mobile. You can see how barca's cb's play. Boateng threads long through balls to forwards at times skipping the midfield altogether. Kompany isn't that kind of cb nor is Otamendi. Mangala seems to be a dribbler/Passer kind of cb. So out of the three mangala seems to be pep's type. Kompany could become city's "Puyol" with his leadership skills.

Your team has some very good world class players and some overpaid average players. Aguero, Hart, Kompany, Silva are absolutely world class. Sterling has potential but he's slightly overrated. Under pep he will need to be disciplined. Navas, nasri, toure, demichelis will be gone next year. I don't see sagna, kolarov lasting under pep or even zabaleta for that matter. With him you're going to attract top players. Let's hope they aren't from barca. :-P
Messi to undergo kidney surgery.
It's a minor operation , he is expected to join team back on Thursday , will miss CDR 2ND tie against Valencia.

I hope Samper , bartra , Sandro & Munir starts against Valencia , didn't saw Barca B recent matches but they're on mini winning run and apparently samper is killing it there.
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Looks to me that Ronaldo will never be as good as he once was anymore. Today he was once again really poor when his team needed him to be good. He shines when Real would win anyway, but he hasn't made a difference in games where his contribution was actually needed in months.

Kind of sad. The end of the Messi-Ronaldo era begins.
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The start of the Neymar era begins tho
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Here is some empirical evidence supporting what you are saying:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gametheory/2015/03/statistical-analysis-football?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/onceandfutureking

I have always noticed that Ronaldo looks hungrier when Madrid are a few goals up and he senses he can get a cheap goal against the demoralised opposition. When Madrid are down, he looks disinterested. There is no doubt in my mind that he values scoring goals more than winning.
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Two reasons for it. Age and the fact that madrid has decided to not run plays around him. There is a distinct change in attitude of players. Earlier it was obvious they were constantly looking for him as if they had clear instructions to pass to him before the finish. Now if there's a chance to shoot they go for it.
that being said .....don,t you think that the attacking potential of the team was greater when it was built up around him ... than now ?...also same can be said about messi which will also account for his less amount of goals , aside from injury of course
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^^ it's actually the complete opposite. When the team was built around Messi, all they had to was shut him down and our attack would become useless. Now we have Neymar and Suarez who can share the burden.
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yeah that's what we were saying about rooney. physically, he may be past his peak or not at peak presently, but the technique never fades. it would be wrong to underestimate him.

beside i think the aging process will be more apparent for ronaldo as he is 1 older, 2 relies more on his physical ability than pure technique (compared with messi), and 3 doesnt have a suarez or neymar at his side, some to score 40-50 plus goals when he is not in form.

it's possible he just needs to have more rest and cant play 60 games a season at a super level anymore. that, and bbc is turning into a poor man's msn
Ronaldo needs to accept that he can't run past players anymore that easily. Ronaldo can be a brilliant playmaker if he wants to do it. However he will never accept playing for someone. The thing about messi is he is more than willing to create and score when its necessary. He gives the coach options whereas ronaldo demands a system fit for his approach. Bbc can't be as good as msn but if they develop teamwork then they can surely compete with them.


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